NHL players were able to represent their countries for the last time at the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014. Canada won, led by Sidney Crosby. In the final, they beat Sweden 3:0. But an unforgettable moment was also the raids in the basic group between the United States and Russia, where American TJ Oshie converted three of six attempts.
But all that was ten years ago. In Milan, the biggest stars will present themselves after twelve years. “We are officially announcing that NHL players will participate in the 2026 and 2030 Winter Olympics,” Bettman said early Friday.
Even the Czech team could count on the biggest stars in Italy. David Pastrňák’s goals would certainly suit him under the five rings.
As announced by Bettman, the best players in the world will also appear at the Olympic Games in 2030. It is not yet known where they will be held. Voting will take place only in the summer of this year. However, the biggest favorite to host the Games in 2030 is France.
“The return of NHL players to the Olympic Games is a turning point for ice hockey. We managed to negotiate a long-term and sustainable consensus. We are excited about it and we are already looking forward to seeing the best hockey at the next two Olympic Games,” said the head of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Luc Tardiff.
“Fans all over the world have long been calling for a meeting of the best players under the five rings. Now they will finally be able to see their favorite players represent their countries together,” added Marty Walsh, head of the NHLPA players’ association.